Friday, February 25, 2011

Cinderella & Culture

Cinderella is more than just a fairy tale. According to Wikipedia,

"The word "cinderella" has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes are unrecognised, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect. The still-popular story of "Cinderella" continues to influence popular culture internationally, lending plot elements, allusions, and tropes to a wide variety of media."

And, according to our friend Wikipedia, these cinderella tropes and themes have also had an influence within the field of psychology:

"The Cinderella complex was first described by Colette Dowling,[1] who wrote a book on women's fear of independence, as an unconscious desire to be taken care of by others, based primarily on a fear of being independent. The complex is said to become more apparent as a person grows older.

Colette Dowling attempts to define women as being motivated by an unconscious desire to be taken care of as a fear of independence termed "Cinderella complex". An important aspect of the work can be defined as identifying an aspect of a larger phenomenon as to why women choose to stay in dysfunctional relationships."


"The Cinderella effect is a term used by psychologists to describe the high incidence of stepchildren being physically abused, emotionally abused, sexually abused, neglected or murdered, or otherwise mistreated at the hands of their stepparents at significantly higher rates than their genetic counterparts. It takes its name from the fairy tale character Cinderella, who in the story was cruelly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.The effect has been called "one of the poster-children of evolutionary psychology".[1]

South Park 'n' Mickey Mouse

Below is the South Park Studios description for the episode...

South Park: The Ring --- Original Air Date: 03.11.2009

Thinking it's his way into her heart and other body parts, Kenny takes his new girlfriend to a Jonas Brothers concert. His dream of taking their relationship to the next level is crushed when the Jonas Brothers give them purity rings.

Tags: Jonas Brothers, Kenny, girlfriend, Tammy Warner, concert, purity ring, Mr. Mouse, sex, Cartman, Butters, Stan, Kyle, B.J.

watch it at South Park Studios here.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

On publishing, and disney, and rejections, and more...

What we have here is something that will be of great interest to Tim Burton fans.
I also suggest that you peruse the comments, because internet arguments are teh funnehs.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived

Yes, Prince Charming really is listed at #20 and Cinderella is #26.

Here are a few others that relate to our class:

Mickey Mouse #18
The Little Engine That Could #31
Alice in Wonderland #34
Bambi #41
Barbie #43
Hansel & Gretel #52
Ugly Duckling #55
Nancy Drew #62
Cat in the Hat #79

I'm very surprised that Harry Potter isn't included in this list. I'm also puzzled as to how The Marlboro Man claimed the #1 spot...

Monday, February 21, 2011


Here are some select, magical images to enjoy. First, here's an illustration by my all-time favorite 19th-century artist, Arthur Rackham (he did lots of Lewis Carroll):

Now here's part of the ASTONISHING mosaic inside Cinderella's castle at Disney World:

And a scene from Prokofiev's ballet "Cinderella," as performed by the Bolshoi:

Here's the main room of the suite in Cinderella's Castle at WDW:

And of course, where else would a princess go to the potty? (The bathroom in the castle.)

Finally, there's this option for a luxury bed for the little princess in your life....

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Monsterpomorphism? Elmopomorphism?

Echoing the clothes-on-animals-only-sometimes discussions we've been having: at :35 in this video, Elmo explains all.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I'm Glad I'm a Boy!

Here is a real catch. Denison owns a copy, which is safely stored in Special Collections (on the 7th tier) or it would have gone missing some time ago. It's a triumph of gender identification. Go look at it!

Coloring books!

Back to age appropriateness and adaptation: Genderific Coloring Books

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Fun!

I went home this weekend and wanted to bring back one of my favorite Valentine's Day books, Jack Prelutsky's collection of poems, It's Valentine's Day, featuring poems such as "I Made My Dog a Valentine" and "Jelly Jill Loves Weasel Will." Unfortunately, never knowing that I'd one day want to revisit story, I must've given the book away (and hopefully some lucky child is reading it right now!).  I've posted one of my favorites, "I Love You More Than Applesauce," below in honor of Cupid's birthday. And let's never forget what Dr. Seuss said about love: "We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." Happy Valentine's!

I love you more than applesauce,
Than peaches and a plum,
Than chocolate hearts,
And cherry tarts,
And berry bubble-gum.

I love you more than lemonade,
And seven-layer cake,
Than lollipops,
And candy drops,
And thick vanilla shake.

I love you more than marzipan,
Than marmalade on toast;
For I love pies
Of any size,
But I love you the most.

[Courtesy of

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Don't Write the Obit For Picture Books Yet

Last fall, the New York Times published an article declaring the death of picture books, their popularity, and their overall importance. Publisher's Weekly responds with this, providing perspectives from librarians, children's book publishing companies, and professors who disagree with the Times' contentious claims.

A Blizzard of Books

Looking for a children's book to snuggle up with on a snowy day? Check out USAToday's recommendations and get cozy with these winter delights!

written BY children

826 is a national non-profit that's dedicated to helping kids with writing, both creative and expository. They've highlighted some pieces on their website:
(from the LA chapter)
(chicago chapter)
(valencia chapter)
(boston chapter)

happy reading!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Race, Geography, Representation

This here is a fabulous TED talk -- Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story.
I found it in my bookmark bar - where did it come from? We may never know. But I think the first three minutes really relate to our class!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Lorax Project!

 In light of this week's reading and the other Seuss-related posts, I thought I'd post a link to The Lorax Project, an organization whose goal is to preserve real-life Lorax forests and protect the lives of real-life Brown Bar-ba-loots, Swomee-Swans, and Humming-Fish. Enjoy!

Seuss Snow Day Surprise!

I always get a weird look whenever I tell people that Dr. Seuss is my favorite painter - but his little known "fine art" is really, really fantastic! Check out his "Secret Art" collection, read some background on his non-illustrative art, and check out this nifty window into The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, which has a foreword by Maurice Sendak.